David J. Beck, formerly a senior partner at Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas, founded Beck Redden . in January 1992. Mr. Beck previously served as President of the State Bar of Texas (1995-96), President of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2006-07), President of the International Association of Defense Counsel (1991-92); and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law (2011-15). He currently serves as Chair of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Fellows (2012-2023). He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a Diplomate of ABOTA. He was named by the National Law Journal as one of the top 10 trial lawyers in the United States and one of the top trial lawyers in the Southwest. He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© for over thirty years, in eight separate areas of litigation practice.

Mr. Beck’s numerous honors include: Recognized as a “Legal Legend” by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas (2022); recipient of the Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award from the Houston Bar Association (2021); Award for Achievement in the Pursuit of Justice for All by The Center for American and International Law (2019); Law Dragon 500 Leading Lawyers Hall of Fame (2017); Luke H. Soules III Award for Excellence in Litigation by the State Bar Litigation Section (2016), and the 2016 Good Apple Award by Texas Appleseed for, among other things, strengthening Texas’s legal profession; Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Chapter of TEX-ABOTA (2015); and the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for Fifth Circuit (2011).

In 2004, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist appointed Mr. Beck to the prestigious Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. The Committee’s members include some of the leading judges, academicians, and practitioners in the United States. In 2007, Chief Justice John Roberts reappointed him to a three-year term on the Committee.

In the 25th anniversary issue of Texas Lawyer, Mr. Beck was named as one of the 25 greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter-century. Most recently, he received the Joe Reynold’s award from the American College of Trial Lawyer for “actions and accomplishments that manifest a lifetime’s commitment to advancing the administration of justice through service to the legal profession.”

Mr. Beck is an Adjunct Professor at UT Law School. He also has won various awards for his legal writing. In 2019, he received the Outstanding Law Review Article Award from the Texas Bar Foundation for his co-authored article “Legal Malpractice in Texas”, published in 70 Baylor Law Review 213 (2018). He also is the author of Thompson Reuters’ Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code (2005-2023).